InnovateNoW - The NHS Regional Innovation Fund for the North West

NHS North West is currently calling for Regional Innovation Fund award applications for 2011/12. Read more...

Case studieson all InnovateNoW projects can now be found on the North West Innovation Portal.

Call for 2011/12 Regional Innovation Fund awards is now open- deadline is 14th October 2011.

Are you an NHS staff member or organisation within the North West with ideas on how to improve healthcare services to deliver better patient benefit? Perhaps you would like to trial a new service or make changes to an existing one? Or see an innovation you are already using to good effect adopted across other parts of the region?

If so, your organisation may qualify for funding to help put your ideas into practice. InnovateNoW has been established by NHS North West, from its regional innovation fund, to encourage the adoption of innovative practices or partnerships which could lead to long-term improvements in healthcare services.

InnovateNoW offers funding ranging from £5,000 to £250,000 through three different award schemes. Applications must come from NHS organisations in the North West but can include partnerships with other healthcare bodies, universities and private or voluntary sector partners from anywhere in the UK.

The InnovateNoW programme focuses on addressing the recommendations of Healthier Horizons and Clinical Pathway Groups in the region and delivering the QIPP (quality, innovation, productivity and prevention) agenda.

Please note: If you would like to receive notification of each funding round, please watch the website for details or subscribe to receive updates using the form on this page.

NHS North West has contracted TrusTECH to manage the InnovateNoW website, application process, judging (with a panel of experts) and monitoring of the InnovateNoW awards.

Watch our video

Find out more about the awards from Alison Tonge, director of health system development in NHS North West.

Listen to Alison Tonge, who was the Director of Health System Development at NHS North West when the InnovateNoW programme was launched with the first funding round (September 2009), to find out more about the aspirations of the InnovateNoW programme (part of NHS North West’s Regional Innovation Fund).  Note that some of the award criteria have changed since the first funding round – see guidance for current criteria.

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